UN Test Revision Topics and Rubrics

In preparation for your UN test on Thursday, October 23rd, below you will find a list of topics you may review as well as the rubrics that will be used for parts 2 and 3 – (Comprehension – Analysis and Synthesis).

TEST RUBRICS – Please make sure you’ve copied this into two separate documents to be used on the test day:   Comprehension – Analysis – Synthesis Rubric

Google Doc #1:  yourlastname Unit Test Comprehension

Google Doc #2yourlastname Unit Test Analysis and Synthesis



The coverage of the UN Unit Test will consist of the topics below.  To revise, you may review the blog posts below that have to do with the different topics (on WWI, League of Nations, WWII -mainly the events that led to the UN- and the UN); your chart on the MAIN causes of WWI; your A.nnotate Reading Packet (UN Challenges and Changes); and the videos that we’ve watched.

Also make sure that you’ve pre-selected your best analysis and synthesis question from your a.nnotate packet as those are the questions you will be using for part 3 of the test.  Come in to class ready to answer those two questions with detailed information to support your opinions/claims.


  1. What led to the outbreak of WWI
  2. The formation of the League of Nations and it’s failure
  3. The factors of WWII that led to the creation of the UN
  4. The United Nations, it’s core values, it’s organs and their functions

Meaningful Sentence Review

Directions: Review the 8 sentences below and with a partner, give each sentence a rating (use our Exemplary-Emerging scale)  in terms of how meaningful you think the sentences are and how much they showcase the writers understanding of each word.

  1. She was upset that the change in the class schedule would hinder her ability to prepare for the upcoming semester assessment.
  2. His father was a diplomat who was used to cultural differences and differences of opinion when dealing with others.
  3. They all belonged to a nation.
  4. Based on the charter, everyone knew exactly how the organization would run.
  5. They were unsure about the decision to join the League because they felt it would affect their sovereignty as a nation.
  6. Our group came to a consensus about where we would watch the movie this week.
  7. He worried that he had big shoes to fill from his predecessor.
  8. They did the job because of the great incentive.

Now try your hand at creating meaningful sentences using the words below:

  1. Meddle
  2. Collective security
  3. State
  4. Sovereignty
  5. Policy

UN Fundamental Principles

For a Review of the Fundamental Principles of the UN check out this video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cqw8-ongtY [/youtube]


Key points to remember:

  1. State Sovereignty – the right of the state to rule itself without outside interference
  2. Self-Determination – the right of the people to choose their own government
  3. Territorial Integrity – international boundaries should not be forcibly changed.
  4. Structure of the UN – (see slide on structure on blog)

Interactive Reading Practice – Writing Levels of Questions

REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE 6 TOTAL TYPES of questions that fall under the categories of Side-Note Questions and Formal Questions.

Side-Note Questions:

  1. Confusion – Question that shows you don’t understand
  2. Curiosity – Question has an answer (not in text)

Formal Questions:

  1. Knowledge – brief answer (who, what, where, when)
  2. Comprehension – has a longer answer (how, why)
  3. Analysis – opinion question with limited answers
  4. Synthesis – opinion questions with variety of answers

Use these articles below to practice writing the 5 types of questions.  *Remember that the 6th, confusion question, simply asks something you are confused about so we won’t focus on it.


Article 1: Pope Francis warns on ‘piecemeal World War III’

Sample Questions:

  1. Curiosity – Why does the Pope think WWIII may have already begun?
  2. Knowledge – Where was the Pope speaking?
  3. Comprehension – Why did the Pope condemn the war?
  4. Analysis – Do you think that another world war is going to happen soon due to conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine, and parts of Africa?
  5. Synthesis – How involved do you think the church should be in terms of influencing political leaders?


Article 2: Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama ‘to pledge US troops to fight virus’

Article 3: Islamic State crisis: World leaders pledge Iraq support

Causes of WWI and the Creation of the League of Nations

We’ve talked a lot about the M.A.I.N. causes of World War I – particularly:


and how those causes not only led to war but led some individuals to believe that there was a need to create an “international community” that would prevent atrocities from happening again.

The list below sums up the concepts we’ve already discussed in class and that you should be familiar with based on our discussions and activities.

  1. Militarism
  2. Alliances
  3. Imperialism/Industrialism
  4. Nationalism
  5. League of Nations
  6. International Community
  7. Nation
  8. State
  9. Collective Security
  10. Sovereignty

Here’s the video we saw in class on the Reasons why the League Failed:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0ldr18Rnho [/youtube]